Kapali Carsi, Istanbul. Photo by Nick Grosoli from Flickr

Upcoming Events


The ongoing war between Hamas and Israel has escalated the humanitarian crisis and political instability in the Middle East, especially in Yemen, where a civil war has been raging since 2014. How can the international community help end the violence and support a political solution in Yemen? What are the challenges and opportunities for dialogue and reconciliation among the Yemeni factions and the regional powers? How can the humanitarian situation be improved, and the human rights of the Yemeni people be protected?

Zoom Webinar 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)


Iran's unprecedented and massive drone and missile attack last weekend against Israel has prompted grave concerns about a potential Israeli response and the possibility of all-out war. CMED Director, Professor Steven Spiegel meets with Matthew McInnis, senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, and Robin Wright, senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.

Zoom Webinar 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)


The Hamas surprise attack on Israel last October 7 and Israel's subsequent military response have caused enormous upheaval and tragedy in the region. Hamas acted in part to stop ongoing US-brokered negotiations for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for American defense guarantees and Israeli commitments toward Palestinian statehood. Now, more than six months later, a veteran Israeli journalist and a prominent young Palestinian leader will engage in a frank discussion regarding the eventual post-war future.

Zoom Webinar 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Recent Events


Join us in person on March 13th for a discussion with young Israeli and Palestinian women to foster empathy and mutual understanding, and provide a different Israeli–Palestinian reality during a time of deep division.

Bunche Hall, Room 10383 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center's fourth Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies will mark the recent 30th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. The Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Yossi Beilin, who played a lead role in bringing about that historic agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Dr. Beilin will also share insights on the current war between Israel and Hamas, based on his longtime involvement with the peace process. The program will be followed by a discussion and audience Q&A.

UCLA Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM